My POD (Poem Of the Day)
~I come with the comet
A priestess in the thought-skin of the Lion
Spreading the roaring depth of myself out
Before gods & demons
To let them study me…& I Them…
My ripened body is a rolled papyrus
Tied with red string that holds no pretense
Glow worms hide in the folds of my scroll
I am washed & ready for the new turning
Flashing with the hygienic iron-dust of shooting stars
Reborn in the cradle of my blood
And so as the Perseid’s peak, Venus comes into conjunction in front of the Leo-Sun, rising with scintillating Sirus, I attempt an ongoing digestion from Seminar 4 of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP): Who Am I ? – The Search for Identity & Authenticity. The 3rd Septennial – age 14-21. Here is Part 1.
In our 1st session with Dr. James Dyson he referenced Rudolf Steiner’s “Bridge Lectures,” a lead-in to the meditative instructions for deepening the art of healing given later during the Christmas Conference in 1923; followed by 5 lectures given at Easter, 1924. This was a very special course for medical students & young physicians on the Humanizing of Medicine.
Motivated to understand the astral body I found this quote inspiring:
“…So far as knowledge of the astral body is concerned, you learn far more when you can apply the laws of music. From music you learn an enormous amount about the forming of the human organism, how this process of formation develops out of the astral body. Inasmuch as the human being is organized for movement, for activity, he is built up, in reality, like a musical scale. Here (back of the shoulders) begins the tonic; then it passes over into the second, then into the third in the lower arms, where there are two bones because there are two thirds. This brings you to truths quite different from those which are considered nowadays to pertain to a real knowledge of the human being and quite a different course of teaching would really be necessary for one who is approaching medicine in the true sense…”
~Rudolf Steiner, COURSE FOR YOUNG DOCTORS, The “Bridge” Lectures, GA 202, III. The Path to Freedom and Love and Their Significance in World Happenings, Dornach, 19th December, 1920
This meditative verse holds many insights:
“Schau, was kosmisch sich fügt:
Du empfindest Menschengestaltung.
Schau, was luftig dich bewegt:
Du erlebest Menschenbeseelung.
Schau, was irdisch sich wandelt:
Du erfassest Menschendurchgeistung.
Look what cosmically fits:
You feel human design.
Look what moves you in the air:
You experience human inspiration.
Look what is changing on earth:
You grasp human spirituality.”
~Rudolf Steiner, COURSE FOR YOUNG DOCTORS, Easter Course, GA 316, Lecture II, Dornach, 22nd April, 1924
SUN in LEO Brings COMPASSION & FREEDOM (Opposite: Hearltessness)
Today the Sun enters the sign of the Lion, reaching again the maximum of light & heat. Open your noble heart – vital & burning with passion & compassion, shining like gold upon the sea of ripening worlds. The wise king, the good father, the Savior. Our Day-Star shining the Kingdom come.
Balance & openness belong to our heart – Not to our cold & bright head, enclosed in the skull. Not even to our dark hot limbs, radiating from the body. They belong to the heart region—to the center—where the head opens down into the spine & the ribs curve into a protective embrace.
I have made it my intention in working with Mary Magdalene to bring the 12 virtues to bear as I meet the 7 demons, so that I may transform them as Christ’s Companion Mary did.
In contemplating this month’s virtue, I had the thought this morning to connect the heart point from the many 7’s – seen in the #4 position of the 7 (see the many correspondances here ) to clarify & strengthen this healing process.
In the list of the 7 Demons or 7 ‘Deadly Sins’, #4 is: Lethal Jealousy – Envy / Goodwill
In the 7 Life Processes – Sorting
Adult Learning Processes – Individualizing
7 Layers of Will – Motive
7 layers of Cognition – Discernment
7 Planets – Sun day
7 Chakras – Heart
Logic of the Heart – Witness & allow a complementary feeling to arise
7 stages of Christian Initiation – Crucifixion
7 Stages of Rosicrucian Initiation – Bringing Rhythm into Life
7 Apocalyptic Seals – The Tree of Knowledge & the Tree of Life
7 ‘I Am’ sayings of Christ – “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11–15).
Yes, friends, Today feels like a day for introspection & connection. See you between the lines
11 August 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The radiant point of the Perseid shower gets fairly high in the northeast by 10 pm, so meteors become more frequent. The higher a shower’s radiant, the more meteors are seen all across the sky. ~Sky & Telescope
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Those who work with the Original indications in the Calendar of the Soul know that Rudolf Steiner lists the birth & death days, as well as other significant occurrences of various individualities, along with the dates in the calendar.
He said of this: “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of mankind’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner. This is my inspiration.
3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins
305 – Deathday of Saint Philomena, Steiner speaks of her as being a Greek priestess martyred at age 13 by Roman Emperor Diocletian.
559 – Birthday of Radegunde, Thuringian princess & Frankish queen, who founded the Abbey of the Holy Cross at Poitiers, named for holding the relic of the True Cross. Radegunde ate nothing but legumes & green vegetables, she was widely believed to have the gift of healing.
1253 – Deathday of Saint Clare of Assisi, an Italian saint & one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi
1464 – Deathday of Nicholas of Cusa, a German philosopher, theologian, jurist, & astronomer. One of the first German proponents of Renaissance humanism, he made spiritual & political contributions in European history. A notable example of this is his mystical or spiritual writings on “learned ignorance,” as well as his participation in power struggles between Rome & the German states of the Holy Roman Empire
1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos & Deimos
1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain
1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr & composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones & Wi-Fi
1956 – Deathday of Jackson Pollock
1965 – the Watts Race Riots begin in Los Angeles, California
1972 – Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam
1984 –”My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” -Said as a joke by senile President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, on his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.
2012 – At least 1306 people are killed & 3,000 others injured in a pair of earthquakes near Tabriz, Iran
Sunday 13 August 2023 – Prep-Stir – Potluck – Bonfire –
*To celebrate The 2nd Harvest = Lammas / Lughnasdh
*The Perseid Meteor Showers, Venus (occult Mercury) /Sun Conjunction, Sirus Rising
*The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
*And a bon voyage Blessing for Ultra-Violet Archer
7 – 9 pm at the Lucchesi-Archer-Ginsberg domicile
Please Bring Food & Drink to share, & a jar for the prep